Tennis Drill Demonstration


The coach stands in front of the player, and throws a low ball around the service line. The player sprints forward, hits backhand approach on the run and follows to take position at the net.

Coaching points

During the match, the player is forced to hit approach shots in different situations so these scenarios have to be practised during the sessions. Hitting approach shot on the run is an important skill to respond to low, short slice or to take the time away from the opponent. Roger Federer is the best example of a world class player, who does it perfectly.

In this drill, the player works on hitting approach shot on the run. Quick reaction and ability to accelerate are physical factors that can be improved. The coach should emphasize more topspin action while hitting the backhand because of the difficulty of this shot.

Drill tags: approach shot, backhand, down the line, ground stroke

The Drill is often used with

Backhand approach on the runBackhand DrillsTennis Drills Coaching